Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

Daniel Ricciardo has said he is hoping to “make a mark” at Monaco this year after a horror start to the Formula 1 season.

The Australian has just 11 points from six races, finishing only once in the top-10 of a race – round three in Melbourne.

He also scored points in the sprint qualifying race at Imola but then failed to score any in the grand prix.

After a poor result last Sunday in Spain, finishing 12th and again trailing his teammate Lando Norris, Ricciardo said he is doing all he can to secure a points finish in F1’s most famous race.

“Off the back of Spain, I’ve got my head in the data with the engineers to make sure we’re in the best position possible to fight for a top-10 finish,” he said.

“We learn a lot about the car, particularly with the good upgrades, and I have great trust in the team for us to keep improving.”

Ricciardo has struggled since he moved to McLaren at the start of 2021, regularly being beaten by Norris.

Ricciardo does have a race win with McLaren, last year’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, however, the pressure has been mounting on the Australian to improve his performance.

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McLaren boss Zak Brown has been critical of Ricciardo this week.(Getty Images: Clive Mason)

McLaren CEO Zak Brown told the UK’s Sky Sports F1 this week they were wanting more from their driver.

“Daniel is just not comfortable yet with the car, we’re trying everything we can. Again [Spain] was a disappointing weekend, “Brown said.

Ricciardo struggled at Monaco last year, being lapped by Norris who went on to finish third.

But he does have a past race win around the famed streets of Monte Carlo and a further three podium finishes.

He is hoping that his experience around Monaco will reignite his stint with the team.

“I’m bouncing back from a difficult race and looking forward to getting stuck into the Monaco weekend,” Ricciardo said.

“I have a lot of history with this race so I’m hoping to make a mark in the [McLaren] this year and score some points for the team. “

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